GNWT announces 2023 Literacy Award recipients

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May 6, 2024

Minister of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) Caitlin Cleveland would like to congratulate 2023 Northwest Territories (NWT) Literacy Awards recipients as we celebrate Literacy Week. These awards honour the literacy achievements of learners, educators, and organizations and businesses across the territory.

There are a total of 12 recipients for 2023:

  • Outstanding Educator: Staff at Joseph Burr Elementary School in Fort Smith
  • Outstanding Support for Literacy Development NWT Business Award: DeBeers Canada
  • Second Language Learner Award: Apprentices in the Mentor Apprentice Program (MAP)
    • Annabelle Tetlichi – Dinjii Zhu Ginjik (Gwich’in)
    • Cynthia Pavlovich – Dinjii Zhu Ginjik (Gwich’in)
    • Dorothy Ruben – Dene Kǝdǝ
    • Ida Lennie – Dene Kǝdǝ
    • Lisa Zoe – Tłı̨chǫ
    • Rena Chappel – Dene Kǝdǝ
    • Violet Biscaye – Dëne Sųłıné
    • Priscilla Canadien – Dene Zhatıé
  • Supporting Literacy Through Technology Award: Violet Jumbo
  • Outstanding Non-Profit Support for Literacy/Language Development: Tree of Peace Friendship Centre

Literacy is at the core of what it means to be a successful person at home, at school, and in the workplace. In the NWT, literacy is a lifelong process and is encouraged in all 11 official languages.

The Literacy Awards nomination period is opened to the public annually and the names of deserving individuals are put forward by their communities.

See the attached backgrounder for more information about each of the recipients.

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“I am honoured to recognize the recipients of this year’s Literacy Awards. From learning and practising their language, to providing books and literacy programs to schools and hospitals, to developing a language application and cookbook, these residents and organizations are showing how literacy has lasting impacts on their communities and beyond. Thank you for your valuable and inspiring contributions to literacy in the Northwest Territories.”

– Caitlin Cleveland, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick Facts

  • In 2002, the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment created the NWT Literacy Awards to honour the literacy achievements of youth and adult learners, educators, and organizations and businesses across the territory.

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For media requests, please contact:

Briony Grabke
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
briony_grabke@gov.nt.ca
867-767-9352  Ext. 71073

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